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Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), just ended Nancy Pelosi’s dream of passing Biden’s agenda quick and easy by saying he will not support the $3.5 trillion spending bill Pelosi promised some Dems she would get through the Congress.
Joe said of Chuck Schumer and Manchin’s critical 50th vote, “He will not have my vote on $3.5 trillion and Chuck knows that, and we’ve talked about this,” Manchin said on CNN.
He continued: “We’ve already put out $5.4 trillion and we’ve tried to help Americans in every way we possibly can and a lot of the help that we’ve put out there is still there and it’s going to run clear until next year, 2022, so what’s the urgency?
“What’s the urgency that we have? It’s not the same urgency that we had with the American Rescue Plan. We got that out the door quickly. That was about $2 trillion.
“There’s no way we can get this done by the 27th if we do our job,” he said.
“There’s so much differences that we have here and so much, there’s so much apart from us to where we are as far as our I’m giving you different things, I’ve been talking, I’ve been working with people, I’m going to talk to people, that makes no sense at all.
“There are still 11 million jobs that aren’t filled right now. Eight million people are still unemployed. Something’s not matching up.
“Don’t you think we ought to hit the pause and find out? The vulnerability that we have right now, we don’t know what happened with this Covid, it’s awful coming back the way it is with a vengeance,” he said.
Manchin said on NBC:
“We don’t have the need to rush into this and get it done within one week because there’s some deadline we’re meeting or someone’s going to fall through the cracks.
“I want to make sure that children are getting taken care of, that people are basically having an opportunity to go back to work.
“We have 11 million jobs that we haven’t filled, 8 million people still unemployed.
“Something’s not matching up there.”
Bernie Sanders is not happy with Joe.He said:
“I don’t think it’s acceptable for the President, to the American people or to the overwhelming majority of the people in the Democratic caucus,” for Joe to block the bill.
Bernie continued: “Look, we worked with Sen. Manchin to pass the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which was enormously consequential and helpful to working class families in getting us out of the economic disaster that befell us as a result of Covid.
“I believe we’re going to all sit down and work together and come up with a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, which deals with the enormously unmet needs of working families.”
“I never thought the purpose of the progress that we make in legislation was basically hold one hostage over the other.”
— ABC News (@ABC) September 12, 2021
“No, it is absolutely not acceptable to me, I don’t think it’s acceptable to the president, for the American people …”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) saying this morning he wants a $1.5T ceiling on the reconciliation budget deal, not $3.5T pic.twitter.com/XWPnU85FWC
— The Recount (@therecount) September 12, 2021
Sen. Joe Manchin: “The president went out and sold the [bipartisan bill] around the country. Why would you basically let the perfect be the enemy of the good? You have a bill right now. I’m not saying we’re not going to get the reconciliation bill whenever.” pic.twitter.com/TeRSG4so13
— The Hill (@thehill) September 12, 2021
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